Civil society

  • BAAG: Summary report of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, December 2016

    This report presents the key civil society activities - consultations, events, position papers and statements - conducted and delivered for the October 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. It demonstrates the recommendations and concerns raised by Afghan and international civil society to government donors, as the latter pledged $15.2bn of continued support to the country. 

    PDF icon BCA report 6Dec16 final.pdf
  • ACSFO: Kunduz after Taliban, November 2016

    On the 28th October 2015, the Taliban overran the city of Kunduz in northern Taliban, and controlled the city for a number of days. Human rights defenders (HRDs) were targetted both at their homes and their offices.  This report by the Afghan Civil Society Forum Organisation presents findings from their research on how these HRDs were affected, what went wrong and asks their opinions on why the city fell into Taliban hands. It provides recommendations for future protection of HRDs and response to their emergency needs. 

    PDF icon ACSFo Kunduz HRD Research Report Final.pdf
  • Statement of Afghan & International civil society at the Brussels Conference, October 2016

    Ahead of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, BAAG organised the Afghan & International Civil Society Workshop on 3rd October 2016. Gathering together some 70 civil society participants in Brussels, the workshop included discussions and presentations.  It culminated with a closing session in which this statement was read out, to a panel of Afghan, EU and US government representatives. The statement presents the collective views of civil society regarding development plans and policies, raising areas of concern and recommendations. 

    PDF icon Final - AICS statement 09Nov16.pdf
  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan and International Civil Society Papers for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, October 2016

    This paper summarises the key views and recommendations made by Afghan and international civil society organisations in papers prepared for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. The purpose of this was to inform discussions during and after the conference, at which the Afghan Government outlined the progress made in implementing reforms since 2014 and the international community pledged continued financial support to the country over the next four year period. As a result of this synthesis, core common recommendations from Afghan and international civil society that emerged were:a partnership of mutual respect and co-operation between civil society and governmentthe Afghan government abiding by commitments made and international legal conventions entered intothe continuation of long-term international support to Afghanistan, conditional on the implenentation of reforms  the importance of the role of civil society to be acknowledged and facilitated

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper for BCA 2016 FINAL.pdf
  • Brussels Conference on Afghanistan: communique of participants, October 2016

    On 5 October 2016, the 75 countries and 26 international organisations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016 issued a communiqué, renewing the partnership for prosperity and peace between the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the international community. They underlined  their collective commitment to deepen and strengthen their cooperation to achieve Afghanistan's self-reliance in the transformation decade (2015-2024) and to create a political, social and economic environment that will allow Afghanistan to consolidate peace, security, sustainable development and prosperity. They noted that important progress has been achieved on Afghanistan's way to a functioning, accountable and increasingly sustainable state, but the substantial challenges that the country still faces require further efforts to safeguard and build on these joint achievements. 

    PDF icon BCA final communique.pdf
  • AICS: The state of the enabling environment for CSOs in Afghanistan, September 2016

    The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society mandated a baseline study of the enabling environment for Afghan civil society, and the first State of the enabling environment for CSOs in Afghanistan Index.'  Analysing quantitate and qualitative data from over 360 civil society organisations (CSOs) and beneficiaries across five provinces, they found that corruption, limited engagement by the government, deficiencies in the rule of law, lack of protection, poor access to funding and donor-driven policies tied to funding mechanisms were some of the key obstacles to a supportive environment for effective civil society activity.  Opportunities and growth existed though, including increased coordination amongst CSOs. 

    PDF icon AICS Enabling-Environment-Report-September-28-2016.pdf
  • Afghan civil society: Collaborating for Transformation, September 2016

    This position paper outlines priorities and concrete recommendations for the Afghan government and international community, due to meet at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (BCA) on October 4-5th. Based on a series of country-wide consultations that took place in July and August 2016, this paper was finalised and endorsed by the Afghan Civil Society Working Committee on the BCA and the 10 official BCA civil society delegates. 

    PDF icon Afghan CSO position paper in the BCA 27Sep16 endorsed.pdf
  • SAVE: The effects of insecurity on humanitarian coverage, July 2016

    Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) is a research programme. In this report they have asked how many aid agencies are able to access the most dangerous places, and how do access constraints affect ‘humanitarian coverage’ and the degree to which people in need are being reached by the aid system? Their findings highlight that aid agencies are fewer in number, with restricted movements and programmes, in the most insecure environments - with a direct impact on community support. Afghanistan is one of 4 case study programmes. 

    PDF icon 2016__The_effects_of_insecurity_on_humanitarian_coverage.pdf
  • ACBAR: Statement for the World Humanitarian Summit, May 2016

    Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May 2016) in Istanbul, ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development, have held various WHS consultation workshops in Kabul and four regional centers; Mazar, Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad. Reviewing the frameworks in which NGOs work and devising more innovative and sustainable solutions to the county’s most pressing humanitarian needs, this paper presents their recommendations.  Attached also is their press release.Dari versions are available in the Dari reports section. 

    PDF icon ACBAR WHS Statement May 2016.pdf, PDF icon ACBAR Press Release May 2016.pdf
  • EU: Roadmap for engagement with Civil Society 2015-17, September 2015

    Following consultation with over 130 civil society organisations from all over the country and donors, the EU have developed their Roadmap for how they will support Afghan civil society through to 2017.  The Roadmap identifies long term objectives for EU cooperation with CSOs and immediate actions that need to be taken in three key areas: enabling environment, structured participation and roles, and capacity.

    PDF icon EU Roadmap CSO engagement.pdf
  • AREU: The A to Z Guide to Assistance in Afghanistan 13th edition, March 2015

    AREU's annual A to Z Guide aims to 'enhance understanding of the dizzying array of actors,  structures and  government processes related to aid and reconstruction efforts in the country.'  The guide provide an extensive glossary of assistance terms, an overview of Afghanistan’s system of government, key primary documents, and an extensive contact directory that includes government agencies, NGOs, donors and international actors. The new edition offers: new entries on  research organisations and libraries; political overview of all 34 provinces presenting key figures such as seats in Parliament, number of districts and their population; an extensive contacts directory that includes government agencies, NGOs, and international agencies.

    PDF icon AREU A to Z Guide to Assistance in Afghanistan 2015.pdf
  • BAAG: Joint Statement on LCA and Senior Officials Meeting, March 2015

    BAAG and nine other international and Afghan civil society groups prepared this joint statement calling for civil society's meaningful involvement in the 2015 Senior Officials Meeting.  This SOM was a commitment coming out of the London Conference on Afghanistan (LCA) in December 2014.  The statement recommends a robust consultation process for the SOM and reminds the Afghan government of particular 'demonstrated actions' it pledged ahead of the meeting.  The statement is available in Dari, Pasho and English and was shared with the Afghan, British, EU and other governments, as well as UNAMA. 

    PDF icon Joint Statement on LCA and SOM English 23Mar15.pdf, PDF icon Joint Statement on LCA and SOM Dari 23Mar15.pdf, PDF icon Joint Statement on LCA and SOM Pashto 23Mar15.pdf
  • BAAG: Fulfilling Afghan Futures - civil society priorities post-2014, March 2015

    On 3rd December 2014, BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference, the civil society associated event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. 250 attendees, including 53 Afghan civil society representatives, discussed development and rights priorities & recommendations for the new Afghan government and international donors.  This report captures the messages of that day, along with those from preliminary discussions and various position papers prepared by Afghan and international civil society. It aims to disseminate Afghan-focused development and humanitarian expertise to an international audience of practitioners, policy makers and donors and inform both future national and international policy related to Afghanistan and future civil society programming and initiatives.

    PDF icon BAAG_Ayenda Fulfilling Afghan Futures Mar15.pdf
  • PSR: Body Count - civilian casualty figures after 10 years of the War on Terror, March 2015

    Civilian casualty reporting in Afghanistan is incomplete and practically impossible.  But understanding the real humanitarian and social consequences of political decisions in favor of military intervention is important. This publication by Pysicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and 2 other organisations, shows how difficult it has been to grasp the real dimensions of these wars and how rare independent and nonpartisan casualty assessments have been.  No verifiable complete figures are available - for example, the "passive" figures so far relied upon are only those from hospitals and morgues or reported by the media. Given the customary practice in Afghanistan of burying the dead within 24 hours, these are bound to be extremely conservative.  Therefore the researchers use various sources, consider factors from other countries and posit projections.   

    PDF icon Body_Count_first_international_edition_2015_final.pdf
  • BAAG: Summary report of the Ayenda Conference, December 2014

    BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015.  This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback.  A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015. 

    PDF icon Summary report of Ayenda Conference 15 Dec 2014.pdf